THE CHRISTMAS season got underway with a service to honour veterans at a Solihull care home.
The annual Starlight service at the Royal Star and Garter Care Home, which celebrates the lives of residents past and present, was held online for the second year running due to the pandemic.
However, residents at the Monkspath Hall Road home and their relatives were still able to join in with carol singing and listen to readings.
The short service featured readings and poetry from residents and staff at the care home which looks after veterans and their spouses with dementia or disability.
This year’s service includes a message from the charity’s President, Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra.
She said: “2021 has been another year of challenges and yet, with the support of each other, we are able to overcome adversity. I send my warmest good wishes to you and your families for Christmas and the New Year.”
The Starlight service, traditionally takes place at St Alphege Church and is attended by residents, staff, volunteers and the relatives of those who have been cared for by the charity.
There is also the chance for attendees to hang star-shaped messages to loved ones on the Christmas tree.
This year, a decoration can be printed off and personalised in special tribute to loved ones.
To watch the Starlight service, or print off a Christmas decoration in tribute to a loved one, visit www.starandgarter.org/starlight.